Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources, Pat Rabbitte, TD today launched the second series of TG4’s riotously entertaining fast-moving comedy drama set around events on and off the course during the most hedonistic week of the summer – Race Week in Galway.
That rich backdrop of Ireland's most famous and successful race festival is once again the perfect setting for an unfolding seven-part drama of dodgy schemes, misplaced dreams, wanton excesses and outright indulgence.
The inaugural drama series was an IFTA winner, having made an impact with viewers right from the off. The very first episode aired in September 2009 and remains the most viewed original drama programme on TG4 to date. 223,000 people tuned in to that first episode at some stage, with the average audience through the entire programme of 92,000. The rest of the series saw 200,000 viewers tuning into each programme and the series generated over 13,000 streams from the TG4 WebTV Service, a significant amount of traffic in those early days of Web-streamed television in Ireland.
The new season’s plot updates us on the shenanigans of former high-flying Government Minister Ultan Keane (Don Wycherley), now down on his luck and fighting for his political life. He will have to resort to drastic and extreme measures to ensure his survival, aided and abetted by his shrewd side-kick, Creed (Tom Ó Súilleabháin). Enter the newly-released convicts, the de Barra brothers and life is sure to be complicated for Siobhán, (Carrie Crowley) the Garda officer trying to battle crime and anti-social behaviour in the City of the Tribes as thousands gather for the racing and ructions. A stag party and an emergency-room doctor add spice to an already volatile mix as rogues, rascals and the righteous all try to survive a tumultuous and traumatic week that will alter their lives forever.
Instantly accessible to new viewers while building on an established audience, Rásaí na Gaillimhe 2 is part comedy, part- thriller, part romp and entirely enjoyable and has a wonderful cast: Don Wycherley, Tom Ó Súilleabháin, Carrie Crowley, Donncha Crowley, Eamonn Hunt, Owen Roe, Pádraic Ó Tuairisc, Sorcha Ní Chéide, Micheál Ó Dubhghaill, Dylan Tighe, Séamus Hughes, Diarmaid Murtagh, Marcus Lamb, Gavin O’Connor, Eoin Mac Diarmada, Seán T Ó Meallaigh, Hughie Mc Garvey, Paddy C Courtney, Aoife Nic Ardghail, Maeve Fitzgerald and Bríd Ní Neachtain.
The series is written by James Phelan, directed by Robert Quinn and produced by Niamh Fagan for Great Western Films with funding from TG4, the BAI Sound and Vision scheme and the supports for the audio-visual sector in place under Section 481.
New series airs on TG4 on Wednesdays @ 9.30pm from 8 February (repeat Saturday 9.20pm)
Linda Ní Ghríofa, TG4 (087) 9172864
Niamh Fagan, Great Western Films. 087 2424138